MSc (Cloud Computing Research)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law,
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

Course overview

MSc Cloud Computing shortlistedThe Master of Science in Cloud Computing Research is a programme of advanced research, designed to develop participants’ research skills and to engage participants in a research programme on a relevant business-focused area of cloud computing and services.  It runs full-time over one academic year or part-time over two.  The programme can be taken online or on campus. 

Identified by the Government, Forfás and the IDA as one of the best potential high-value growth areas for Ireland, and a vehicle for future jobs, cloud computing is set to provide a new generation of infrastructure, services and solutions for businesses.

Designed together with Hewlett-Packard Galway’s Cloud Services Innovation Centre, this MSc degree seeks to produce high calibre and much sought-after internationally viable graduates in the cloud space. 

Places on the course are open to persons currently working in various companies and sectors with particular interests in cloud computing, and to current or past students.



Programmes available

MSc—Cloud Computing Research (click here‌ for more details)


Areas of interest

The programme is offered by the Business Information Systems discipline in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics.  You will propose a topic, which will focus on business-, organisation- or consumer value or interactions with cloud computing, cloud services, or applications.  Cloud computing enables the collection of large amounts of data, which require a layer of analytics to extract information useful to businesses and individuals. This information then needs to be aggregated and displayed in useful ways to facilitate decision making based upon it.  These inter-related parts provide a variety of potential topics for your dissertation.


Topics may also be society-focused. As examples, from a business perspective, there is work to be done in maximising the business value of cloud computing, examining new ways of doing business using cloud technologies, and identifying potential uses of the cloud for competitive advantage.  From both consumer and societal perspectives, cloud computing also brings with it a number of areas that require attention, such as privacy, security, mobility, and access.

Researcher profiles

The programme involves the submission of a major research dissertation as its main deliverable: these dissertations are supervised by lecturing staff in the Business Information Systems discipline (see

Contact Us

Dr. Murray Scott
Business Information Systems
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
National University of Ireland Galway

T +353 91 49  52 86

PAC code

GYD12 (full-time)
GYD13 (part-time)

Current project

Cloud Computing

Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.

Current Students

Testimonial from Dr Chris Coughlan, Manager of Hewlett-Packard’s Worldwide Cloud Services Innovation Centre:

“This innovative and international masters degree is a critical support component in developing and sustainining Ireland’s smart economy ahead of the curve, and in the creation of high value employment within Ireland.”